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  • #25850
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    Ken Sims
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    Ken, that is a problem because the idea of having a seasteading forum is obviously to become a reference point where investors and developers can meet and interchange ideas, present projects, and press agents can get informed.

     
    Sorry, but I don’t agree with this for several reasons.
     
    1. The forum is for people with an interest in seasteading to have a place to discuss it. A major investor isn’t necessarily going to have any interest in seasteading as such.
     
    2. If an investor is seriously considering investing in a seasteading project, they aren’t going to want to discuss the details where other people can read it.
     
      BuddyPress supports hidden Groups and Discourse supports secured Categories, BUT … investors aren’t going to want even other investor to have access to their discussions, so that would mean a hidden Group or a secured Category for each investor. Any major investor probably already has some facility set up for private discussions. And even if not, it’s simpler to just use email.
     
    3. Press agents in general are as unlikely to come here looking for news as major investors to come here looking for projects to invest in. And any major investor is going to have an a PIO who can get the word out much better than posting it in a forum.

    #25772
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    Ken Sims
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    The first thing that any *real* major investor is going to want to see is an actual business plan, not photos. A real business plan with real numbers which shows that there is a reasonable expectation of a worthwhile return on the investment.
     
    This includes not just the project costs (though those are obviously very important) but also the expected revenue and who the customers are going to be. This includes marketing plans to reach the customers and research to demonstrate that the customers will actually buy.
     
    “If you build it, they will come.” isn’t a marketing plan, and it’s just a “Field Of Dreams” and for a major investor would serve only to prove that it is not a project to seriously consider.
     
    I really doubt that any *real* major investor has ever visited these forums. But if they did, a quick perusal of most of these forum topics would sending them fleeing.

    #25353
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    Ken Sims
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    It was KatOnTri, not Tree.
     
    She did not change her display name; she deleted her account.
     
    Deleting her account did not delete any of her forum posts. It just makes them show as “Anonymous” and the name is not clickable.
     
    As far as I’m aware, she is not here as a registered user.

    #25344
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    Ken Sims
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    Where is KatOnTree anyways???

     
    KatOnTri deleted her account quite some time back. The posts that she made while she was a registered user now show as Anonymous.
     
    When she asked me how to delete her account, I told her, but I also recommended that she take a break from the forums for a few weeks, or even a few months, and then decide if she really want to delete her account. But she chose to delete her account immediately.

    #24749
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    Ken Sims
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    Scott, thanks for your response.
     
    Leaving WordPress entirely was part of the evaluation. Even though it appears likely that only the forums will leave and that everything else will stay on WordPress, still we’re not planning to actually integrate it with WordPress.
     
    (Even though the bulk of the website will probably stay on WordPress, there is still evaluation going on of some changes to make the website work with mobile devices. I’m only minimally involved with that aspect.)
     
    The WordPress stuff is hosted on WP Engine, a hosting service specifically for WordPress.
     
    We would not self-host Discourse. It was recommended that we use a hosting service called Discourse Hosting:
    https://www.discoursehosting.com/
    and it appears that they actually use Digital Ocean.
     
    Ken

    #24745
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    Ken Sims
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    @ellmer … You have missed the point of this thread.
     
    The bbPress plugin that runs the forums sucks. (In my opinion anyway.)
     
    Part of keeping participants is having software that works well.
     
    Beyond that, these forums are what the users make them. TSI does not have the staff to be actively involved in the forums. And at the time when the issue arose, the majority of the users wanted the forums to be the Wild Wild West … no moderation except in extreme cases.
     
    And that’s fine with me. I volunteered as the primary spamfighter, not as a moderator. (I consider dealing with spam to be primarily an admin function, not a moderator function.)
     
    Discourse has a “Trust System” and “Community Moderation” that hopefully will allow the forum participants to better engage in self-moderation.
    http://www.discourse.org/about/
     
    Anyway, I’m not looking for opinions on how the forums should be run or what it takes to makes them good.
     
    I’m looking specifically for opinions about the Discourse software from people who have had experience with it.

    #24736
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    Ken Sims
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    As it happens, we are currently evaluating if we should move the forums to Discourse.
     
    In fact tomorrow I will be starting a forum topic for feedback from the user community from those who have had experience with Discourse (I haven’t).
     
    Ken

    #24734
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    Ken Sims
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    Scott, for some reason the software thought that your replies with links to images were spam. I released them.
     
    Ken

    #24502
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    Ken Sims
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    In an attempt to edit that long link-filled post to clean up the formatting I think I deleted the whole thing.

     
    Now that I have more time to look at the system, I see that something you did caused the system to think that your post was spam and hid it. I have flagged it as not spam and it is visible again now.

    #24495
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    Ken Sims
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    Actually we already have a discussion going about possibly moving the forums to a different platform, and possibly other parts of the website as well. No decisions have been made, but I posted your comment in that discussion.

    #24300
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    Ken Sims
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    It looks like the most recent thread where I went into some detail on what I want is here:
     
    http://www.seasteading.org/forum-list/topic/how-much-would-you-pay-to-live-on-a-seastead/#post-23462
     
    Bear in mind that I’m discussing what I personally want in a seastead for me to personally live on; not what I think anyone else would/should want, nor what I think any particular person/company/organization could/would/should attempt, nor what I think is possible in a near timeframe.

    #24294
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    Ken Sims
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    Wil, I don’t know where you got the idea that I’ve ever been in oceanic aquaculture. I haven’t. The closest I’ve come is one of the user projects that I was considering investing in, but didn’t because the minimum required investment amount was more than I was comfortable with putting into one project.
     
    As for the rest, I’ve previously discussed what I’m personally looking for in a seastead, and none of what is being discussed comes close.

    #24286
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    Ken Sims
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    Actually I will no longer be investing in user seasteading projects.
     
    Due to changes in my job, I’m going to be retiring about seven years earlier than what I had planned on, so I will have less financial resources for retirement than what I had planned, and those lesser resources will have to last longer.
     
    As well, my monetary donations to TSI are going to drop by an order of magnitude, maybe more.

    #24249
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    Ken Sims
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    Where did my posts go?

     
    You’ve been replying in the Activity Stream to the notifications of the forum replies instead of in the forum threads.

    #23733
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    Ken Sims
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    ellmer wrote:

    Ken is living in a floating house in a caribbean bay (Cartagena) with 4G Internet having a boat instead a car a realistic option for you?

     
    First, while I’m working at my current job, no internet connection is going to be fast enough for me to work remotely. Here at home I have business-class wired internet on a major provider and it doesn’t cut it. I have to be directly on our local LAN that is directly on our corporate WAN to get adequate response times for anything beyond doing remote support when problems occur outside of office hours.
     
    Second, I didn’t mention it in this thread, but I’ve mentioned previously that the seastead needs to be essentially at least a small town where I can get my needs met without having to actually leave the seastead. If I actually need a boat (as compared to having a boat just because I want to have one) then the situation is probably not what I’m looking for.
     
    Third, in my opinion living in a bay on what is essentially a houseboat doesn’t even qualify as seasteading. I have no interest in doing that. And even if I did, I could do it a lot closer than Cartagena.

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